Nancy Drew and the Case of the Politically Incorrect Children’s Books

The young sleuth’s early mysteries were racist and anti-Semitic. Can problematic vintage texts still be valuable for kids?

Which Came First: Abraham and the Patriarchs or Moses and the Torah?

A Talmudic problem: Abraham lived before the law was given, so how can his actions be used to interpret the law?

HBO Mae West Biopic Casts Bette Midler in Lead, Brassy Broads Come Full Circle

A match a century in the making brings two tough, funny, liberated stars into glorious alignment

Why Obama’s Engagement With Iran Will Create a More Violent Middle East

Last week’s assassination of Hezbollah commander Hassan Laqqis in Beirut was a taste of what may come

What the Talmud Would Say About the Pew Survey of American Jews: Stop Counting

An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?

The Hills Are Alive, Not Dead, With NBC’s Live ‘Sound of Music’

The Tattler: So what if Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer revive the Von Trapps? Is that so wrong?

How To Give Your Kids a Taste of the Jewish Immigrant Experience

Even though it’s just a few blocks from our home, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum gave my girls a chance to time-travel

Miraculous Architecture of the First Temple Leads to Religious Sectarianism in the Second

To the Talmudic rabbis, a miracle is more plausible than the notion that their sources were incorrect

The Talmud Says God Can’t Protect Jews From Persecution; They Must Take Precautions

A ‘mezuzah,’ like Judaism, is designed for life in this world, not for a messianic future, or for martyrdom

How To Make the Ultimate Sufganiyot—Israeli Jelly Doughnuts—for Hanukkah

Video: Make your own miracle of oil by frying up a batch of sugar-coated treats stuffed with apricot jam

People’s Sexiest Man Alive Is Adam Levine. Good for the Jews? Hint: No.

The Tattler: Out of the thousands of perfectly nice Adam Levines out there, they had to pick that one

The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2013

From Jews in space to Bigfoot on the loose, this year’s selections take kids of all ages into new territory

The Talmud’s Yom Kippur, With Sacrifice and Blood, Is Nothing Like Jewish Ritual Today

The rabbinic tradition arose from the fact that the Bible doesn’t tell us what we need to know to lead our lives

The Importance of Cubits and Shewbread and Everything That Makes Your Eyes Glaze Over

In their faith, Talmudic rabbis kept contradictory thoughts, believing in both the reality of miracles and their unreliability

How To Talk to Your Parents (and Bubbe) About the Pope

With radical views on gays, abortion, and Jews, Francis is modernizing the church. Can we convince our relatives to believe it?

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